Animal Welfare Policy

Animal Welfare Policy

Paraway aims to ensure that its production systems are designed and managed with regard to the welfare of its animals on farm and through the supply chain. Paraway seeks to ensure that animals:

  • Are free to display normal patterns of behaviour
  • Are free from day to day physical discomfort
  • Are not hungry, thirsty or malnourished
  • Are free from unnecessary distress
  • Are treated quickly & effectively where illness or injury occurs

Paraway seeks to achieve these outcomes for animals in its care by focusing on the following key areas:

Nutrition

Adequate nutrition is provided to all livestock in Paraway’s care. The animals feed predominantly on the pastures that are produced naturally on the properties. When seasonal conditions do not provide adequate feed growth, supplementary feeding is undertaken or sales programs may be accelerated to reduce the stocking rate on the property.

Animal Health & Husbandry

Paraway provides the appropriate vaccinations, drenches and other animal health procedures to prevent parasite and disease occurrence and allow optimal animal performance. Best practice animal husbandry methods are practised including the use of pain relief for surgical animal husbandry operations.

Stock Handling

Low-stress stock handling is at the core of Paraway’s stock handling ethos. Staff undertake formal low-stress stock handling training to develop skills in animal handling and to deepen their understanding of animal behaviour. Providing staff with the tools to handle stock in a low-stress manner improve animal welfare outcomes, animal performance and staff safety.

Genetic Selection

Paraway recognises that genetics can be used to drive animal welfare outcomes as well as animal performance and profitability. Paraway owns and operates properties across a wide range of climates and selects animals that suit those climates. In addition to matching animals to climates, Paraway selects polled bulls to limit the need for dehorning, and plain bodied rams which reduce the risk of fly strike.

Supply Chain Partners

Through the supply chain we seek to engage with appropriately licensed and certified transport companies[i], feedlots, abattoirs[ii] and exporters[iii] who implement and comply with the relevant Animal Welfare standard for their industry

Paraway is committed to ensuring that our staff are provided with the skills and training to meet these requirements.

Paraway actively participants in industry forums and take a continuous improvement approach to developing technology and practices that focus on animal well-being.

Paraway is committed to transparency of animal welfare performance, with regular reports on compliance against metrics including Body Condition Scores, being provided to the board and to investors.

[i] http://www.animalwelfarestandards.net.au/files/2015/12/Land-transport-of-livestock-Standards-and-Guidelines-Version-1.-1-21-September-2012.pdf

[ii] http://www.animalwelfarestandards.net.au/files/2016/02/Cattle-Standards-and-Guidelines-Endorsed-Jan-2016-250116.pdf

http://www.animalwelfarestandards.net.au/files/2016/01/Sheep-Standards-and-Guidelines-for-Endorsed-Jan-2016-250116.pdf

[iii] http://www.agriculture.gov.au/export/controlled-goods/live-animals/livestock/information-exporters-industry/escas